The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
— Carl Jung


Think about yourself through writing.
See poetry in the everyday.
Learn to think critically, rather than criticize.


What's in a Name?

We are born into many labels and acquire new ones along life’s path. Our relationship with those labels is a fascinating source of creative material, and Monday’s workshop offered new ways of thinking about ourselves and the many names we carry.

Sacred Roots

What is the significance of place in our identities? How do we change in the same way the seasons do, and yet remain the same? Tuesday’s workshop explored our relationship with Nature and the nature of change.

Rites and Rituals

Each of us lives with and enacts rituals, whether those are cultural, familial – celebrations and traditions – or personal, private – our morning coffee and our lucky socks. “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” We mined the serious and the silly. We wrote about the rules we follow to engage in the world and how we integrate them into our sense of self.

Gratitude's and Grievances

Conflict is inevitable. How we respond to conflict is not. Thursday’s workshop focused on finding gratitude, expressing grievance, and offering forgiveness.

Ekphreaky Friday

Culture and context. We shape and are shaped by environment. Friday’s workshop explored cultural landscape with a look at modern ekphrastic poetry and mixed genre.


Hardesty Arts Center

The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center, fondly known as AHHA, opened in December 2012 and is the home of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa in the heart of the Brady Arts District. Offering exhibition space, classrooms, a family studio, woodshop, darkroom, rooftop artist studios, and event space, creativity is truly at the core of the building.

AHHA internally organizes and supports traveling, guest-curated, and collaborative exhibitions organized with area artists and organizations.  A broad range of themes, styles and mediums will present the best exhibitions of interest to the Tulsa community.  Long-term residencies at AHHA introduce students to new art forms and reach the broader community through exhibitions.

Area artists have the opportunity to propose innovative and exciting public classes and workshops for youth and adults.  Traditional and new mediums are supported in state-of-the-art classrooms including 2D, 3D, and 4D processes, a media lab, and an entire photography suite. Community art classes will be taught by area artists and educators.



My favorite line I wrote was:

"...and stand stoically,
like a soldier in front of her commanding officer"

My favorite exercise was:

"rewriting + sharing."


If I were to tell others about this workshop, I would say:

"It will rekindle the writer in you."



My favorite line my peer wrote was:

"when you buy only one ticket
you only lose once"



Special thanks to:

Melanie Merle Root - Summer Instructor
Madelyn Parker - Summer Intern